Top 10 Things to Do in Westminster
This post covers the top 10 things to do in the City of Westminster. We also offer several other posts that could be of help.
1 – Go Sightseeing
The City of Westminster is the most target rich area for major tourist attractions and a great place to go sightseeing.
Westminster is also home to many Harry Potter sights and we have a tour for this as well.
There are also hop-on-hop-off bus tours that make .
2 – Sit in the Public Galleries at the Houses of Parliament
The clock tower housing Big Ben is attached to the Houses of Parliament – which is open to visitors to tour!
Whenever either the House of Commons or House of Lords are in session, it’s free for the public to go inside and sit in the public galleries.
In fact, it’s one of our picks for the best free things to do in London.
3 – Take a Tour of Westminster Abbey
There are tours of Westminster Abbey available daily, but there is a way to enter for free.
Throughout the day on Sunday, Westminster Abbey is open for services.
Members of the public can attend for the purpose of worshiping without paying an entrance fee.
Please note that attending a service here does not give access to walk throughout the church and visit the monuments, but will give guests the opportunity to sit in the central nave.
4 – Watch the Changing of the Guard
Some of the best free entertainment around, the Changing of the Guard takes place every day in summer (May, June, July) and every other day the rest of the year.
Get yourself to Buckingham Palace well before the official start time of 11:30, or take a look at our guide on how to get the best experience.
Speaking of Buckingham Palace, did you know that you could tour the palace, galleries, and stables?
5 – Embark on a Thames River Cruise
There are a couple of landings in Westminster used by riverboats to tour the Thames.
There are many types of boat cruises for you to choose from.
- Hop-on-Hop-off Cruises
- Tourist Cruises
- Speed Boat Thrill Rides
- Lunch and Dinner Cruises
Read our post reviewing the different cruises available to you.
6 – See the Churchill War Rooms
Where Winston Churchill won the war and led the heads of the armed forces during World War II, the Cabinet War Rooms here are comprised of the underground bunker where Churchill worked – and occasionally lived – during the war.
Somewhat of a time capsule, the War Rooms are open to the public who have bought tickets and also includes a museum dedicated to the life of Churchill himself.
Our post provides tips on tickets, discounts and generally planning a visit.
7 – Take a Ride on the London Eye
At 135 m (443 ft) in height, this tallest Ferris Wheel in Europe was originally built for the Millennium celebrations in 2000.
Riders get great views of London in a climate controlled car.
Not technically in the City of Westminster, the London Eye is just a short walk from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
8 – Visit the London Dungeon
The London Dungeon recreates various macabre historical events with interactive exhibits, thrilling rides and a dose of gallows humor.
Like the London Eye, the London Dungeon is just across the Thames River from Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster.
10 – See the Household Cavalry and Take a Photo
Head to Horseguards, near Horseguards Parade, in Whitehall to get a glimpse of the Household Cavalry.
Made up of two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Household Cavalry are on guard here and there is also a museum dedicated to them.
10 – See Big Ben
The most famous clock in the world, Big Ben is a ‘must see’ for any visit to London! Actually the name of the BELL inside the clock tower, Big Ben rings at the top of every hour.
Well, it’s supposed to ring daily at 12:00 noon, but it is currently under construction. Both the bells and tours are suspended till 2021.